Certified Surgical Technologist,
Expert Witness No.2055MissouriProfessional Summary
Cardiac Nurse Clinician, June 2009 - Present
A Private Company, North Kansas City, MO
Expert (Nurse) Constultant, March 2007 - Present
Director of Nursing, October 2008 - June 2009
The Gardens at Barry Road, Kansas City, MO
Case Manager, Emergency Department November 2006 - October 2008
North Kansas Hospital, North Kansas City, MO
Program Director 2000 - November 2006
COVERSA, North Kansas City, MO
Cardiac Nurse Clinician 2002 - November 2006
Norhtland Cardiology, North Kansas City, MO
Emergency Department Staff Nurse 1997 - 2004
North Kansas City Hospital, North Kansas City, MOEducation
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1993-1997
William Jewel College, Liberty, MO
High School Diploma, 1980-1986
Plattsburg High School, Plattsburg, MOCredentials
Registered Nurse License, State of Missouri, Exp. 04/30/11
Adult CPR & AED/Child CPR & AED/Infant CPR, Exp. 04/2010
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner - Adult/Adolescent (SANE-A) Exp 12/31/09
National board certification for the adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse examiner from the
International Association of Forensic NursesProfessional Experience
Cardiac Nurse Clinician
Teaming up with the cardiologist to do hospital rounds which includes assessing patients, reviewing orders, tests & results, writing orders, documenting in progress notes, acting as liaison between physician & patients and physician & nursing/hospital staff as well as obtaining pertinent patient information for physician. Duties also include discharge planning, discharge teaching for patients and families and follow up care referrals for hospital patients.
Frequently work tasks take place at the office setting of the extremely busy cardiac care practice in the triage area. Duties is this area include speaking with patients via phone, assessing any complications, problems, or questions they may be having, providing lab test results, arranging for prescription medication refills, and utilizing intervention of physician and/or nurse practitioner when deemed appropriate.
Computer skilled, managing heavy daily patient volume including telephone triage, appointment scheduling, and patient referral. Proficient in all documentation/record maintenance/paperwork to ensure accuracy and patient confidentiality.
Troubleshooting and problem-solving, development of better methods of office practice and nursing function and documentation which lead to the design of several documents. Assisting in development and alteration of office policy and procedure.
Director of Nursing, The Gardens at Barry Road
Recruit, screen, and select care staff and staff the 85-unit assisted living facility in a cost efficient manner while assuring a high standard of care is provided.
Lead nursing staff by providing expectations of performance and following up to assure the expectations are met. Appraise the performance of care staff and personally review strengths, goals, and areas for improvement with them.
Serve as "gate-keeper" for all admissions, performing assessments on potential residents and previous residents after a change in status.
Supervise all staff scheduling, hiring, termination, and discipline of all nursing staff
Maintain current knowledge and implement policies and procedures in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Form and maintain a positive and informative relationship with residents and their families
Monitor all clinical records to assure accurate, current and complete information in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Maintain confidentiality of residents’ personal information and protect and support residents' rights
Maintain a positive customer service environment and practice honesty and integrity in all aspects of performance.
Represent the community in marketing and provide tours of the facility
Represent the Nursing Department at meetings listening to suggestions and following up as appropriate while passing information on to other staff.
Facilitate on-going training for nursing staff members in accordance with state, federal and community requirements and assisting with medical reviews, required employee testing and employee emergency medical issues.
Participate in and assist with procedures associated with emergency drills and actual emergency situations within the community.
Case Manager, Emergency Department, North Kansas City Hospital
Evaluate appropriateness of hospital admission and bed type status of emergency department patients that are admitted (based upon severity of illness and intensity of services provided). This determination is made from clinical nursing judgment/expertise, by consulting with physician and nursing staff, and documented electronically via an official review in the Maxsys computer system.
Assist with ER patients that have difficult/complicated social issues or needs, including transportation, medications, safety issues, facility placement, necessary hot lining of abuse/neglect, and follow up patient care.
Determine appropriate candidates for health department and low cost primary care clinics to ensure follow-up care in a more cost-effective manner.
Advocating for patients seen previously in the emergency department that are referred to specialist, but denied access for a variety of reasons—this occurs by contacting the office manager where patient was referred and facilitating an appointment.
Work closely with other Social Services/Case Management staff department to ensure appropriate discharge planning after performing patient and family assessments. This includes determining the overall needs of the patient and family upon discharge so that patient maintains a safe and effective environment.Specialty Education/Certification
September 2009 The Ultimate One-Day Seminar on Cardiac Medications
PESI Healthcare, Overland Park KS
August 2008 Nursing Documentation: Legally Proven Strategies to Keep You Out of the Courtroom
PESI Healthcare, Kansas City MO
November 2007 Case Management Along the Continuum
Contemporary Forums, Las Vegas NV
March 2005 Clinical Forensic Nurse Examiner Certificate
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA
Septermber 2004 Digital Photography and Use of the Colposcope
North Kansas City Hospital/COVERSA, Kansas City MO
September 2004 Domestic Violence Training for Forensic Nurses
Summa Health System, Akron OH
September 2004 The Body as a Crime Scene
North Kansas City Hospital/COVERSA, Kansas City MO
March 2004 Dancing with Darkness (Predatory Drugs)
Kansas Anti-Drug Coalition Conference, DEA, Topeka KS
October 2003 - December 2009 Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Adult/Adolescent
The Forensic Nursing Certification Board, Kansas City MO
November 2002 Forensic Medical Investigation Course 2002
Forensic Medical Investigation, Wichita KS
March 2002 International Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking Conference
End Violence Against Women, San Diego CA
May 2001 National SANE/SART Training Program
San Antoinio, TX
September 1999 SANE/SART Training Program
Rose Hart, Inc., Las Vegas NV
March 1999 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training
St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City MOAffiliations/Association Membership
International Association of Forensic Nurses, 1999-presentCommunity Service
A Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO
I care for infants and toddlers while parents attend worshi service or small group at a local church every Sunday morning. One other volunteer and I manage several children in group play, individual play, eating snacks & diaper care. I look forward to the hugs I get every Sunday morning from our precious little ones.
A SANE Organization, North Kansas City, MO
Program Director, Vice President, 2000-present
As one of the founders of this unique non-profit organization, I assisted in its overall development from the very beginning. The organization is a small group of forensic nurses lead by a Medical Director to treat victims of sexual assault. It has been extremely rewarding to be part of a very dedicated and dynamic group of people.
All the time devoted to my role as Program Director and Vice President for this organization (as described above) has been donated up to January 1st, 2006. It is estimated that I spend nearly forty hours per week serving in this capacity without a salary for nearly six years. In addition, I have been directly involved with preparing, sponsoring and hosting many fundraising events (such as our fundraising garage sale).
KCIRSA, Kansas City, MO
I serve as a representative for our non-profit organization at Kansas City Interdisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault (KCIRSA), which is a Kansas City metropolitan group of sexual assault programs, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, crime lab representatives, and victim advocacy services—a collaborative sexual assault response team. My donated time consists primarily of attending meetings, which are for two hours every month.
A Private Company, Kansas City, MO Leadership Team Member, 2005-present
I currently serve on the Leadership Team of the this group. This group was formed April, 2005 and facilitates the overall improvement of victims of domestic violence. I represent our non-profit organization and forensic nursing in general on this collaborative domestic violence team for the Kansas City northland area. My donated time consists primarily of attending meetings, which are for two hours every month.Personal/Other
One of my biggest strengths is my superior work ethic. Only my family (and God) is priority over my work. I am very ambitious, learn quickly and love a challenge. I maintain a positive attitude and pleasant disposition in my work environment, even through adversity. I prefer to promote ideas/plans to solve problems rather than merely complaining about them.
I am very comfortable communicating not only with coworkers and clients/patients, but also with managers, physicians, and lawyers. I routinely communicate effectively with patients/victims during what is usually one of the most devastating times of their life—I feel I really make a difference with my blend of compassion and professional competence.
The biggest reason I went into the field of nursing was my genuine and unbiased caring attitude—I truly care about people and I believe people sense that. At this point in my life, my maturity and experience usually avert naivety.
*References Available Upon Request